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Cancer fundraiser on outside local grocery store

Two local teenaged sisters are putting a creative twist on a fundraising event for cancer

Whereas some people get nostalgic when they see a child dabbling in fingerpaint, two Burnaby sisters got inspired, instead.

Vivian and Alison Gu decided to create a handprint mural as part of their Lend a Hand to Fight Cancer fundraiser, after seeing a magazine picture of a toddler fingerpainting.

The Lend a Hand to Fight Cancer fundraiser is taking place at the Price Smart location at 7501 Market Crossing on Sunday, Aug. 21 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

"We came up with the hand stamping mural through a stroke of insight and inspiration," Vivian said in an email to the NOW on Aug. 12.

The sisters were out of town last week but took the time to email the NOW about the fundraiser.

"We're doing this fundraiser because we have had close relatives battle cancer and have seen first-hand how terrible an illness it is," Vivian wrote. "It can be a very helpless journey for the friends and family of the patient, and both of us wanted to make a difference, however small, in the fight against cancer."

Refreshments will be available, and those interested can leave a handprint on the mural.

"People will get the chance to paint their hand and stamp it onto our mural, which will then be donated to the Canadian Cancer Society," Vivian said.

"If hungry or thirsty, people can also get hot dogs and drinks - by donation as well."

The Burnaby North Leos Club is helping the sisters, students at Burnaby North Secondary School, with the fundraiser, Vivian said.

"We started the fundraiser by our-selves, originally, but realized that we would need a lot of help before and during the actual event," she wrote. "Many of our friends are volunteering as well, and without them, this fundraiser would definitely not be feasible."

The sisters are hoping local businesses will donate to, and sponsor, the fundraiser to help cover the costs.

All of the proceeds are going to the Greater Vancouver branch of the Canadian Cancer Society, Vivian said.

Vivian, 17, and Alison, 14, have worked on other fundraisers and run the school's environmental club, but this is their first fundraiser for the cancer society.

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